Μια ματιά στον Instagram λογαριασμό @frassyaudrey της Audrey Leighton Rogers θα σας πείσει για ένα πράγμα. Αυτή η γυναίκα έχει πολύ, μα πολύ στιλ.

Οι φωτογραφίες της τόσο προσεγμένες που άλλες φορές επικεντρώνονται σε ένα outfit και άλλες μόνο σε μικρές λεπτομέρειές του. Η Audrey blogg-άρει εδώ και πάρα πολλά χρόνια, έχει χαράξει τη δική της πορεία ως φωτογράφος μόδας, ενώ πρόσφατα δημιούργησε μια προσωπική vintage collection.

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Do I like men? Truthfully, most of them, sadly, I dislike. Now ofcourse there are men I love, adore on a deep level. And every gay men I’ve met has almost instantly charmed me. But the average heterosexual male? Nope. And dislike is perhaps a strong word, it could be that I don’t respect them. I don’t trust them either. And that’s only because my life experiences have taught me this. I’ve never been one of those women eager to charm men. I never really cared if they liked me or found me attractive. Nothing I do and nothing of who I am on this earth is for a man or men. And yet everyday. Every. Single. Day. I have men I do not know delivering an opinion of me. Via DM. On the street. At the gym. Just the other day I had a man stand next to me and criticize body part by body part, every angle of me he found unattractive. Sometimes it’s annoying. Sometimes it‘s scary. But I’m always angry about it. Don’t get me started on the men who stand and take photos of me while we shoot to then verbally abuse me when I politely ask them not to. Or the countless disgusting photos I received on dating apps. The men who mugged me. The men who followed me for blocks. The men who touched me at bars. And then the men I met when I was single? And I met many of them. Cripplingly insecure, incapable of love and yet trying to date every women in town to then predictably act like a jerk or disappear at first glimpse of any female independence/ strength. Add in the heartbreaks I’ve experienced firsthand and then secondhand from my friends, men that treated us like dirt. All the women who are so tragically, disgustingly raped and abused in this world. SO TELL ME. How are we as women suppose to respect men, when every single day – and it’s been happening for decades, they runaround disrespecting us? Tell me how to be optimistic about men. Because, my loves… I have no idea.

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Οι φωτογραφίες της σε μια παλέτα γήινη και ισορροπημένη, γεμάτες κομψότητα και σέξι ύφος, χωρίς αυτό να γίνεται πρόστυχο. Σε άλλες επικεντρώνεται στα κοσμήματα, και κυρίως τα σκουλαρίκια, που δείχνει να αγαπά ιδιαίτερα.

“Στα 30 μου είναι σίγουρη για το τι μου αρέσει και τι όχι, τι δεν θέλω όταν είναι η ώρα να ντυθώ”, λέει χαρακτηριστικά στο whowhatwear και προσθέτει: “Πιστεύω ότι τα γούστα μας πρέπει να εξελίσσονται, αλλά θεωρώ ότι είναι ωφέλιμο και όμορφο να έχει καλλιεργηθεί μια συγκεκριμένη αισθητική”.

Σε αυτό το σημείο είναι που πολλοί σκέφτονται πως, φυσικά, και θα είναι κομψή και όμορφη αφού φορά πανάκριβα brands από την κορυφή μέχρι τα νύχια.

Λάθος, λάθος, λάθος…

Στην πραγματικότητα, η Audrey φορά τα πάντα. Τσεκάροντας τα tags στις φωτογραφίες υπάρχουν brands, όπως Pretty Little Thing, ASOS, H&M, τα οποία και προτιμούμε όλοι μας. Το ερώτημα, λοιπόν, πλέον είναι ένα: Πώς στο καλό κάνει οικονομικά ρούχα να φαίνονται πανάκριβα;

“Πριν από από περίπου τρία χρόνια, δεν είχα καμία αίσθηση του στιλ μου. Στην πραγματικότητα, η ντουλάπα μου ήταν ακατάστατη, ένας χάος, ήμουν χαμένη. Μια σκλάβα των τάσεων. Ουσιαστικά., αγόραζα τα πάντα και δεν φορούσα σχεδόν τίποτα, κάτι που ασφαλώς δεν βοήθησε την οικονομική μου κατάσταση εκείνη τη στιγμή”, θυμάται.

“Σήμερα, δεν αγοράζω τίποτα χωρίς να αναρωτηθώ: Θα το αγόραζα εάν το ανακάλυπτα τυχαία, έχω δει να το φοράει κάποιος άλλος ή ταιριάζει με τα ρούχα που έχω στη ντουλάπα μου;”.

Η Audrey καθιστά σαφές ότι δεν έχει σημασία πόσο προσιτό είναι ένα ρούχο, ενώ υποστηρίζει ότι το άψογο της στιλ βασίζεται στην αυστηρή παλέτα χρωμάτων.

“Δεν είστε ουράνιο τόξο, δεν χρειάζεται να έχετε κάθε χρώμα στη ντουλάπα σας. Προσωπικά, δεν φορώ σχεδόν καθόλου λαμπερά χρώματα. Έχω κολλήσει σε μια συγκεκριμένη παλέτα χρωμάτων, η οποία με βοήθησε να κατανοήσω το δικό μου στυλ και με βοηθά να βρω τα καλύτερα κομμάτια για μένα σε οποιαδήποτε ιστοσελίδα ή σε οποιοδήποτε vintage κατάστημα”, λέει.

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Some days simply showing up is my biggest achievement for the day. To put on clothes that feel like a hug, the same old hat to cover my face, I rely on coffee to kick away the sadness. I’ve learnt to remind myself that not everyday can be a success and so showing up, putting your emotions to the side is the achievement. It’s a strength I think we as women know well. Whether it’s walking robotically to work or looking after our kids instead of ourselves. We as a sex know how to simply show up. Every single day cannot ever possibly be great but the strength to go full force ahead even when it’s the last thing you want to do is a success in itself. So if you didn’t have a great day, I didn’t. Remind yourself of that. But remind yourself too, there’s your comfy bed, a sweater you love and maybe a movie to get you through because tomorrow will be better. As long as you just keep showing up. So here’s to tomorrow my loves. | jacket, sweater, trousers & shoes by @prettylittlething |

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running around town in tailored layers by @audrey.leighton.vintage #audreyleightonvintage

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4 days until I launch @audrey.leighton.vintage – a concept I had on a whim and then ran with. And truly it’s been a sprint. But I cannot convey just how satisfying it’s been to watch what was a quiet thought turn into the project I’ve pushed all my passion into these last months. I’m broke, I’m exhausted but ultimately, I’m excited. And I really hope you love this little brand of mine, where nothing is new or shiny, but old and full of stories. We will launch a curated collection once monthly, nothing will be restocked or held in quantities – every last piece is a treasure. All of which I cannot wait to share with you. This shoot was such fun to work on, there was jewellery, prosecco and all the beautiful brand stationary designed by my dear friends @_storiesstudio – who are such creative inspirations to me. I am so lucky to have their energy in my life. So here’s to me launching in 4 DAYS darlings! I cannot wait! #audreyleightonvintage

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Sometimes being a grown up woman overwhelms me. I step into my laundry room, which is really more of a mountain of dirty clothes than a room and I think, I CANNOT DO THIS. I cannot manage all these tiny tasks that form an organized life. Last week I forgot the pin code for my credit card, a number I use every single day of my life and yet for an entire weekend I couldn’t for the life of me remember it. All the failed attempts blocked my card. Yesterday I left a camera card with 1000s of photos on it at a cafe we were shooting at. My kitchen sink is broken and has been for MONTHS. The call to the plumber always falls to the bottom of my to do list and then I cook up a feast and think, why WHY haven’t I sorted this out yet?! So sure, call me inspiring, look up to me as I know so many of you do but remember this my friends, I’m a mess. And probably a far bigger mess than you. | blazer by @audrey.leighton.vintage |

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Men have always told me I don’t trust them because I don’t trust myself. This has always irritated me because truthfully? I am the only the person I trust. I don’t ask for advice. I don’t look for others to hold me up. With the exception of my family and a select few friends but men? Not once in my experiences past have they demonstrated that my disbelief in them is crazy. Not once. Stop believing men. Start believing yourself. Whether you’re single, in a relationship, married for years – keep the biggest slice of your security and faith for you, only you. It’s the only way to survive this life. And whatever happens, however men might underwhelm me, I never threw everything I have into them. This might sound unromantic or cold, but I think we as women need a dose of reality from time to time. Relationships aren’t like the movies, worship yourself first. Always. The man in your life comes second.

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time poor but surely leopard rich, my new coat is from @karen_millen & it’s very “belt-able”, a coat can look very different under a collection of belts.

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Lately, I’ve been considering the problem of imitation, apparently it’s the sincerest form of flattery, and in a way, I agree. But I also find it incredibly disheartening – I realize we as content creators or photographers all inadvertently find inspiration from one another. And I do aim to inspire but I simply can’t congratulate myself when I see photographs I’ve carefully planned, copied almost exactly. I’ve developed my own style, especially when it comes to photographing certain aspects of fashion, such as jewellery, or the handbags I hang on doors. Now it’s not hard to define a personal photography style, I’m not saying mine is special or I deserve applause for what I produce – but it’s part of my personal brand and yet I see people claiming it as their own. What’s left for me then? Why can’t we all create with the intent to be a little original? Where is the line between inspiration and imitation? What can I do to be different? Do I have to continue to push the boundaries of what I creatively veer towards naturally? In hopes that I can still differentiate myself from the cycle of identical content here? I am hesitant to even bring this up, it feels arrogant – we all knew that girl at high school who blindly believed every other female student was “copying” her. But this is my job and it’s incredibly hardwork to be relentlessly dreaming up photographs that might captivate you and to then see other people use my ideas as if they were their own? It’s not flattering, it’s annoying. And in the midst of my creative crisis, where nothing I create is good enough, it’s become a real point of frustration, almost of anger – I have no idea what to do. Nothing I see here on instagram feels artful anymore, it’s one replica after another. And I include my own content in that criticism. I aim to be better and hope that my content is strong enough to stand out against the rest. Until then, I must admit, I’m staying off this app because it does nothing but sink me further into doubt.

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sunday best or grandma chic, you decide.

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